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Liverpool vs. Arsenal Premier League Preview 2

Posted on December 20, 2014 by David Nugent

Liverpool hosts Arsenal at Anfield on Sunday, as the home side look to move up the Premier League table.

The Reds have experienced a difficult campaign and are currently 11th in the Premier League table. Brendan Rodgers team suffered a 3-0 defeat against arch-rivals Manchester United last time out in the league, but defeated Bournemouth 3-1 in the Capital One Cup quarter-final on Wednesday night.

Despite their recent poor run of form, the Merseysider’s have suffered just defeat in their last six games in all competitions, although their record against the Gunners in recent seasons is poor, having claimed just two wins from the last 14 meetings between the two sides.

Liverpool there for the taking for Arsenal 0

Posted on December 19, 2014 by David Nugent

On Sunday Arsenal visit Liverpool’s Anfield, which is not traditionally an easy ground to visit for opposition teams. The Gunners suffered a 5-1 drubbing at the famous old ground last season that seriously derailed their Premier League title hopes.

Different

However, this Liverpool side is a far less potent outfit than the one who blow away the Gunners in last season’s encounter. They no longer have their dynamic striking duo of Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge up front for a start and look far less threatening this campaign.

Testing

Can an injury-hit Arsenal climb into the top-four this weekend? 0

Posted on December 19, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

With Arsenal having a lot of players on the treatment table ahead of their weekend meeting against Liverpool, manager Arsene Wenger has a difficult task to get a result.

A win could put the Londoners in the top-four of the Premier League, but with so many key players already ruled out of action, Arsenal will be considerably under-strength. They will have some confidence against Liverpool, however, given that the Reds have lost four of their last seven league games.

Arsenal’s Hector Bellerin says he’s playing with freedom and confidence 0

Posted on December 19, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Young Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin has revealed he is now playing with real freedom on the pitch, after enduring a difficult start following his debut for the senior side earlier this season.

Enjoying somewhat of a breakthrough campaign, Bellerin shone in Arsenal’s recent 4-1 win against Newcastle, and he says his performances improve due to his improve confidence.

“When you play your first games you’re just trying not to make a mistake. Then as you get more confident you start playing the way you usually play. I feel more comfortable every time I get to play. It was thanks to all the people who have trust in me because that’s what lets you play freely,” he said.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain says players should take the blame for inconsistent start 0

Posted on December 18, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain believes disgruntled supporters should blame the players and not manager Arsene Wenger for their inconsistent start to the season.

“I understand their frustration. But I wouldn’t put that on the manager. We have to stand up ourselves as players. We are adults and we need to stand up and take some of that blame ourselves,” said Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Arsenal have lost three of their last six, and endured an even more difficult start to the campaign. It led to manager Arsene Wenger receiving a lot of abuse from the supporters, as they felt he made failings in the transfer market, but injuries haven’t helped hid cause.

Versatile Calum Chambers says he likes switching positions 0

Posted on December 18, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal’s Calum Chambers recently revealed how much he’s enjoyed switching positions for the Gunners this season.

The England defender signed for £16M from Southampton in the summer, and has been used at right-back and centre-back for Arsene Wenger’s side. Despite having swapped roles on a regular basis, Chambers says it’s been a good experience for him.

“I will have to settle in a place but I’ve always found myself switching positions from a young age so it’s nothing that I’m not used to. It’s been a good experience for me. I really enjoyed my time at centre half at the start of the season and I’ve enjoyed my time (at right-back) after Mathieu Debuchy was unfortunately injury,” said the 19-year-old.

Thierry Henry wants to become Arsenal manager 0

Posted on December 17, 2014 by Nemanja Lazarevic

Despite snubbing an invitation from Arsene Wenger to join his coaching staff in favour of a media job, Arsenal legend Thierry Henry admits that he would, nonetheless, love to be appointed the Gunners manager one day in the future.

Having seen his contract at New York Red Bulls come to an end, the 37-year-old decided to end his playing career and in turn accepted a lucrative offer to become Sky Sports pundit.

Henry has reportedly become the highest-paid pundit on British television, having agreed a six-year deal with Sky worth £4 million, while he also had offers from BBC and BT Sport.

Aaron Ramsey & Jack Wilshere to replace Mikel Arteta & Mathieu Flamini in the long-term 1

Posted on December 17, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

While Aaron Ramsey and Jack Wilshere are regularly-playing first-teamers when fit, Arsenal will really start to take shape when the Londoners lose holding-midfielders Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Flamini potentially in the summer at the end of their current deals.

The aforementioned experienced duo have been good servants for the club, but manager Arsene Wenger has already been thinking of the long-term, swapping Jack Wilshere into a deeper role for the club. Aaron Ramsey has spent the majority of his time playing alongside a deep-lying midfielder, and the natural evolution of the young pair will see Arsenal naming Ramsey/Wilshere in the spine of the team.

Can Arsenal rectify poor away form ahead of Liverpool clash on Saturday? 0

Posted on December 17, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal have a difficult weekend clash against Liverpool that they can ill afford to lose. The Londoners are currently 6th in the Premier League table, and could go fourth with a win on Sunday. Arsene Wenger’s men, however, have to travel to Anfield, and they’ve greatly struggled on the road this season.

Defeats to Chelsea, Swansea City and Stoke City, while drawing against Everton And Leicester City has seen them somewhat lose ground on the sides above them, but a win against Liverpool this weekend would be a step in the right direction.

Danny Welbeck still in need of finishing coaching 1

Posted on December 16, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck has enjoyed a decent start to the season since his arrival from Manchester United, but goals in the Premier League still aren’t coming easily for him.

The England international, 24, has three goals from 40 shots in 13 games for the Gunners, meaning he averages one goal from every 13 shots taken. Considering, Welbeck has been averaging three shots a goal, his goal-to-games record is slightly worse than 1 in 4.

Compare that with Arsenal’s first choice striker Olivier Giroud, who has bagged four goals from 18 shots in just seven games (325 minutes of Premier League football), meaning he’s averaging a goal every 81 minutes currently.



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